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HURRICANE JOAQUIN LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N369CD
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Orlando FSDO-15
NTSB Identification: GAA16CA475
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 10, 2016 in Apopka, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/05/2016
Aircraft: BEECH 200, registration: N369CD
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot of a multi-engine turboprop airplane reported that during the landing flare he encountered a crosswind gust, which pushed the airplane to the right of the runway centerline. The pilot further reported that he applied power to abort the landing, but the airplane touched down in the grass to the right of the runway. After the wheels touched down in the grass, he reported that the power added "caught up with the aircraft," but the airplane was rolling toward trees and hangars. Subsequently, the pilot pulled the power to idle, but the right wing impacted a tree and the right main landing gear and nose wheel collapsed. A post-crash fire ensued after the collision and the right wing sustained substantial damage.
The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
There was no record of the observed weather at the airport during the accident. An automated weather observing system about 14 nautical miles from the accident airport, near the time of the accident, recorded the wind variable at 5 knots.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during an attempted aborted landing in gusty crosswind conditions, which resulted in a runway excursion and an impact with a tree.
APOPKA, Fla. - A small plane caught fire after a minor crash Saturday at Orlando Apopka Airport, police said.
It happened around 4 p.m. at the airport at 1321 Apopka Airport Road.
Police said the pilot, identified as David Wishneski, was aiming to land on the runway but hit a tree after catching wind.
Fuel leaked and the plane caught fire. Police said the fire was quickly extinguished.
The pilot suffered a minor laceration to the head, but was not hospitalized.
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APOPKA, Fla. —A pilot escaped serious injury when his plane hit a tree and caught fire while landing Saturday at the Orlando Apopka Airport.
The plane skidded off the runway while coming in for landing about 3:30 p.m.
The pilot, David Wishneski, escaped the crash with just a scratch to his head.
"I got caught by a gust of wind about ready to touch down and the wind picked up the left wing. I attempted to a go around and put power back in but by then it was too late," Wishneski said.
The plane's right wing came off and the engine caught on fire.
Wishneski was the only person on board.
The plane is a 1976 Beechcraft King Air 200. One expert said it's worth about $250,000.
The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.
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The pilot of a small plane suffered minor injuries after crashing into a tree while attempting to land at Orlando Apopka airport Saturday afternoon, police said.
David Wishneski, 71, was coming in for a landing about 3:30 p.m. but lifted back up when a gust of wind blew his Beechcraft King Air 200 plane from the runway and into a tree, said Apopka police Sgt. Ed Chittenden.
"He had basically landed but was going to make another pass at it and lifted back up when a strong gust got him," Chittenden said. "Pilots will do that often when they don't have enough space to land. They'll lift back off and do it again."
Aviation fuel leaked after the crash and caused a fire that scorched the grass and tree, Chittenden said. The incident caused a delay at the airport and planes were unable to land for several hours.
Photos of the plane show the right wing and engine was destroyed in the incident.
Wishneski was the only person on board during the crash and suffered a laceration to his head.
He refused to be taken to the hospital for treatment and is expected to be OK, Chittenden said.